Jessica Alba is not afraid of the direction her life is taking.
Once upon a time, Alba’s face was everywhere you turned when it came to the final film. She was Sue Storm in the The Fantastic Four movies, Nancy in city of sinand the iconic Max Guevara in Black Angel. But as time passed and she grew as an actress, mother, and lawyer, her view of what she wanted changed. And that’s exactly what Remezcla talked about when we had the chance to interview him.
Change is hard no matter who you are. But Alba embraced change with all she had when she had some kind of awakening in 2021. Now it didn’t happen all of a sudden and all of a sudden and she knew she wanted to take his life in a different direction. It all started with a bang when she had daughter Honor in 2008 and she was inspired to start her company Honest, a company dedicated to providing clean products for everyday life.
Flash forward to 2021 and Alba was in a place where she realized that was what she wanted to do. She wanted to make a difference for herself, for families, but also for others like her. That’s when she decided to take Honest public. According to Alba, “When I took the company public and was the youngest Latina to take a company public on the Nasdaq, I realized how important it is for us to see each other in these spaces and how there is such a lack of diversity of women in leadership in media, government, business.
Alba wanted to get into those spaces where the power is truly held, where she could make a difference, and where she could show others that they could do the same. As Alba explained, “I just feel like the more we can see women in power, black, brown, and any woman of color…I think we’re just going to make more room for diversity and obviously better results for all and more fairness and equality.”
It led her to a new approach for the rest of her life where the work was just beginning for her but she knew she could do it. For herself, for her family and for those like her. “I always think outside the box, that’s just my nature. And I really had a moment last year and I was like, ‘Okay, there’s a whole new way, a new perspective to address the rest of my life and think about how to make more women, especially in my community, feel seen, and heard in these spaces you don’t normally see us.
This led her to enter the financial sector and the production side of things and away from acting. She now spends her time investing in women and mentoring many entrepreneurs. “It’s about not feeding stereotype or stigma and highlighting different types of stories and different characters.” And her awakening has put her in a position where she feels like “I don’t need to feed [stereotypes] and I can kind of show that there’s a different way to approach entertainment. It’s my job.”
In a way, it’s like coming full circle for Jessica Alba. Because these pillars of strength that she brings to her work, her business, and the change she wants to create in this world, they started at home. “I would say that as a Latina, I grew up in a family where people were taken care of, especially those who were in trouble. And always helped each other. And I built my business on that. philosophy. So I will continue to do so.”
Stepping into all these new spaces and drawing inspiration from what his family taught him growing up in combination with his awakening, creates a unique situation with his partner and children. Because every choice she makes affects them and the world they will inherit. So yes, she’s firmly rooted in Honest and the many ways she can inspire her kids to aim for the stars. But at the end of the day, they’re still kids, and she has to keep them active, creative, and going different ways with partners she trusts. This is where Nintendo comes in.
“I actually grew up playing Nintendo,” Alba explained, recounting how her dad “never lost his spirit of play and fun” when his parents got him when they were young. “My father was in the army. He worked like three jobs. My mother had three jobs. So, you know, it was pretty stressful for my parents. And I would say one thing that we had and did regularly as a family was play Nintendo.
This time spent with family created strong bonds that helped relieve the stress of the day. And it’s something she carried on as a tradition in her own family. And when Nintendo came to ask her if she wanted to partner with them, she said yes. “It’s something we do as a family. My father comes and we have dinner on Sundays and we play as a family. We play Nintendo Switch Sports. It’s super fun and it’s really hilarious. And we’re all competitive, so it’s getting rowdy. But we are having a good time.
With the 2022 World Cup here, Alba is looking forward to playing “soccer”, tennis and volleyball to get into the spirit of things. (Which, if you’re really into fùtbol, ”soccer” might be the best bet for you because there’s a leg strap and whatever you put the controller in.) And that honestly goes back to Alba and her life shifts to more personal aspects and helps her connect with others, even though the others she thinks of are her family and it’s something as simple as playing a game. with each other to help manage stress and reconnect.
There is no going back to the Jessica Alba she was before. And that’s not a bad thing. This version of her, like all of us, learned from her past and willingly embraced a future where every project matters, every voice must be heard, and every moment on this planet is for her, her own family, and the legacy. she leaves behind for women like her. And it’s worth it, every time, no matter who you are.